Game Recap: Dolphins Beat The Chargers With Another Heartbreaking Finish

Another week, another heartbreaking loss as the Chargers fell 19-17 to the Dolphins in their first game back in Los Angeles. Like clockwork, the Chargers lost another one possession game as kicker Younghoe Koo's last second game winning field goal attempt was pushed just right from 44 yards.

Philip Rivers was dealing for most of the game, completing 31/39 passes for 331 yards. For the second week in a row, the Chargers struggled to get anything going on the ground with Melvin Gordon gaining only 13 yards on 9 carries. Like last week, their were some positives and a lot of negatives. It was great seeing Hunter Henry get involved this week after going MIA in Denver, catching all seven of his targets for 80 yards. Rivers spread the ball around to his top 4 targets, with Keenan Allen, Henry, Gordon, and Tyrell Williams all gaining at least 54 yards.

The run defense struggled mightily for the second week in a row, with Jay Ajayi gashing the Chargers front for 122 yards on the ground. Gus Bradley's defense did a decent job holding Jay Cutler in check for most of the game, especially considering Jason Verrett wasn't playing, but gave up a few crucial big plays in the second half and couldn't come up with a big stop when it mattered most.

There are many things to question after a loss like this, but the clock management on the final drive was dubious at best. After Rivers completed a nine yard pass to Allen to the Miami 26, the Chargers used their final timeout with 19 seconds left. Had they not used the timeout, they would've been able to spike the ball with probably around 13 seconds left. Still with one timeout and 13 seconds left they could've ran whatever play they wanted, passed over the middle of the field and attempted to get extra yards to make the kick easier for Koo. Instead, since they called the timeout, they had no choice but to attempt a 44 yarder, which is by no means a gimme.

Overall it's a devastating loss in a game the Chargers led nearly the whole time. The Chargers are now 0-2 and have a brutal upcoming schedule, with their next 6 games being the Chiefs, Eagles, @ the Giants, @ the Raiders, the Broncos, and @ the Patriots. It's a tough road ahead.


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